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MDPI is preparing a Special Issue on Cyber-Physical Security for the Water Sector. Deadline for submissions is on 31 January 2024.

The water sector is faced with multiple technical, organizational and external challenges hard to handle with traditional approaches and therefore calling for speeding up the process of digitalization. The value created using digital technologies is undisputable: ‘decreased operational expenditure,’ ‘increased workforce efficiencies,’ ‘increased customer engagement and satisfaction,’ and, not least, “increased knowledge-based decision process”. However, the technological advances could put the sector at higher risk, if the process of digitalization does not integrate security into solutions, with systematic management of risks covering both cyber and physical threats and their combination.

With security and resilience of the water sector in mind, this Special Issue addresses methods, approaches, modeling tools and technologies for risk management, covering prevention, detection, response against cyber, physical threats and their combination, and in case of failure, mitigation of consequences.

Furthermore, the Special Issue invites contributions to enable risk-informed decision making, supporting the implementation of the new directives on the resilience of critical entities.

The aim of this Special Issue is to collect contributions addressing different aspects of protecting critical water infrastructure against deliberate and accidental threats. It invites submissions that present innovative ideas, proof of concepts, use cases, and results from a variety of topics relevant to the security of water critical infrastructures and services. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • AI, machine learning for predictive security of critical infrastructures
  • Integrated (cyber & physical) security modelling and decision making
  • Collaborative risk assessment/mitigation in supply chains
  • Confronting complex threats and their cascading effects
  • Adaptive anomaly detection
  • Risk Assessment and Management, including threat assessment and foresight
  • Identification, assessment, and mitigation of cyber-physical threats
  • Automation for detection, prevention, and mitigation measures

Guest editors:

  • Dr. Rita Maria Ugarelli
  • Prof. Dr. Christos Makropoulos

More information can be found here.

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